Rangers manager Steven Gerrard wants George Edmundson at Ibrox next season amid interest from Derby County and Peterborough United, according to a Daily Record report.
In one of the most controversial episodes of the 2020/21 season, Edmundson was caught breaching Covid restrictions with Gers teammate Jordan Jones and handed a seven-match SFA ban.
He had already been struggling for game time and after serving his suspension, was sent out on loan to Derby in the January transfer window.
The 23-year-old helped to keep the Rams in the Championship before returning to Rangers for the Premiership trophy day celebrations and he’s soon expected to report to Auchenhowie for pre-season.
However, according to the Daily Record, Derby want a permanent deal for their former loan player and newly-promoted Peterborough also want to sign him.
It’s suggested that Posh manager Darren Ferguson would be willing to offer a six-figure fee to bring in the powerful defender.
Yet, crucially, it’s asserted that Edmundson is not for sale as Gerrard wants to bring him back into the first-team fold at Ibrox.
The player himself is keen on regular first-team football but is allegedly unconvinced that he’ll get that at Ibrox.
It’s no great surprise that these two clubs are keen on Edmundson, given that he fared relatively well when fit at Derby and that Peterborough tried to sign him from Oldham back in 2019.
However, Rangers’ reported stance on the matter is more of a shock.
Without multiple player sales, it’s tough to see how Edmundson gets a look in next season with Connor Goldson, Leon Balogun, Filip Helander and Jack Simpson all ahead of him in the pecking order, while long-term absentee Niko Katic is ready to return to action and Academy starlet Leon King is pushing for more involvement.
Furthermore, given that Edmundson is only under contract until the summer of 2023, this would appear to be the perfect time to sell.